Just last week, the U.S. Department of Justice publicized charges lodged against an Iranian accused of plotting to kill former Trump administration official John Bolton, but despite that shocking news, the Biden administration is reportedly pressing ahead with attempts to revive some version of the controversial 2015 deal with Tehran, as the New York Post reports.
According to the outlet, some have accused Biden officials of keeping quiet about activities such as the plot against Bolton deliberately, so as not to jeopardize ongoing negotiations with the rogue regime, talks which are said to have reached a critical point in recent days.
As Fox News reported last week, the DOJ announced that it was charging an Iranian operative in the supposed plot to kill Bolton, saying in a press release, “While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable: Iran’s rulers are liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States.”
The individual wanted by the FBI in the plot is Shahram Poursafi, known to be a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran, and it is thought that the plan to kill Bolton arose out of desired retaliation for the air strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani in early 2020.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen spoke to the charges in a press release, saying, “The Justice Department has the solemn duty to defend our citizens from hostile governments who seek to hurt or kill them,” further nothing, “[t]his is not the first time we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge against individuals on U.S. soil and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt every one of these efforts.”
Talks “pretty much complete”
Despite the egregiousness of the plot against Bolton, the Biden administration continues to press for a revival of the highly controversial nuclear deal, from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. back in 2018.
The indirect discussions between Iran and a number of western nations the Biden administration opened earlier in the president’s term are, according to the Post, approaching a possible breakthrough, with parties to the talks “now consulting in their capitals on whether to consent to it.”
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declared earlier this month that “the negotiations are pretty much complete at this point,” noting, “we’re not going to wait forever for Iran to take this deal – the deal on the table. They ought to take it.”
However, a number of prominent critics – including Bolton himself – have opined that a purported list of “concessions” that Americans involved in the process are said to have offered the Iranians are simply unacceptable, and would essentially amount to almost full capitulation to Tehran.
Bolton recently remarked that if – as has been reported – future American presidents would be prevented from existing a revived nuclear agreement, the current administration will have committed a “treasonous” act.
Other concessions reportedly on the table include provisions that, as National Review noted, would “effectively gut Trump-era ‘maximum pressure’ sanctions that targeted broad swaths of the Iranian economy” and would facilitate Iranian oil sales that would allow Tehran to raise substantial funds in a short span of time.
According to Behnam Ben Taleblu of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, agreement to such terms would, for the United States, be “no less than surrender,” and “any agreement that rewards the regime’s terrorism apparatus after multiple threats against U.S. citizens…is not only detrimental to U.S. national security, but also a fool’s errand, pure and simple.” Yet, the Biden team appears regrettably determined to move in precisely that direction.